Sunday August 19, 2012
PM: We want a safe Malaysia
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pledged to enhance security in the country, assuring that all agencies responsible will be more effective in tackling crime.
The Prime Minister said the Government was aware that new preventive measures were needed to combat crimes, along with dynamic administrators, accountability, restructuring of organisations, modern equipment and relevant training.
“We want a Malaysia that is safe from internal and external threats, where neighbourhoods and its roads are free from crime and people feel peaceful and safe... a country that is best to raise Malaysian children,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message.
Najib said to ensure peace and harmony, all Malaysians must be united in being caring towards family, neighbours and friends.
“We cannot be solely dependent on enforcement authorities to combat crime without playing any part ourselves. If we allow crime to happen without taking any action, it will affect the country's peace and safety,” he said.
In calling for everyone to appreciate the country's peace and security, Najib asked Malaysians to change their attitude and have the right mindset, in addition to a more effective security infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said Muslims in the country were lucky because they lived in a country that was consistently blessed with good fortune while other countries suffered from political strife and economic uncertainty.
Najib said some nations in Asia and Africa, for example, were undergoing political upheaval and even developed countries in the European and American continents were facing chronic economic crisis.
He said the results of these had led to rising unemployment, lack of jobs and low growth rates affecting the quality of life.
“Amidst this, Malaysia is successful as a multi-racial country blessed with national unity.
“We have a tradition of celebrating our diversity in religion, culture and races. The diversity in other countries is a cause of division but in our country, it is the catalyst for progress.
“We are living in a country where peace and harmony are national realities,” he added.
In his Hari Raya message, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reminded people not to forget those who had sacrificed themselves for the country, the less fortunate as well as fellow Muslims in war-torn countries.
“We are thankful that in our country, Aidilfitri and other Muslim holidays are celebrated in peace and harmony. As Muslims, we should defend the country's peace and stability,” he said.
He urged the people not to overspend but continue the tradition of holding open houses to tighten the bond among Malaysians.
He also advised people to return home to spend time with their parents and relatives.
“Do not leave them waiting. Complete your Hari Raya celebration by spending time with your beloved families,” he said, urging motorists to drive carefully, be patient and think of their loved ones.